It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for another SportzEdge ® Bracket-style, 64-team tournament! Feel the excitement!!!
Last year, we changed the course of modern human civilization with the Coolest NCAA Logo Tournament, which became a national phenomenon along the lines of a presidential election, Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY speech, or DeAndre Jordan changing his mind about where he wants to play basketball.
This year, we decided to take on a question scholars have been debating since the 1800’s, maybe.
Who is the greatest athlete in Connecticut history?
There are plenty of outstanding candidates, from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, to four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rogers, to all-time great featherweight boxer Willie Pep.
The athletes we considered must have grown up in Connecticut, and we counted only their prowess on the playing field, so coaches, executives and contributors like Walter Camp were not considered.
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7. Julius Boros
Golfer (turned pro: 1949)
“Moose” collected 25 professional wins in his career, 18 PGA Tour wins, including three majors– two U.S. Open’s: 1952 and 1963, and a PGA Championship: 1968. Boros was a two-time PGA Player of the Year and two-time PGA Tour leading money winner. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.
10. Walt Dropo
UConn men’s basketball, MLB
Perhaps the greatest athlete in UConn history, Dropo, also known as the “Moose,” from Moosup, was a three-sport star in basketball, baseball and football at Connecticut. He averaged 20.7 points per game, which ranks second all-time in Huskies history, behind Wes Bialosuknia.
Dropo was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL and the Providence Steamrollers of a pre-NBA professional basketball league. But he made his greatest mark in baseball, where he won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year award and spent four seasons with the Red Sox.
Which “Moose” was the better athlete?